A proposal to construct a TownePlace Suites by Marriott Hotel is advancing through its environmental review process in Monrovia.

The project, which would rise at the southwest corner of Myrtle Avenue and Huntington Drive, would replace a long-vacant property a half-mile north of Monrovia's Gold Line stop.  Plans call for the construction of a five-story building which would feature 109 guest rooms and amenities such as an exercise room, a swimming pool, and restaurant space.  A surface parking lot would wrap the low-rise structure, providing parking for up to 109 vehicles.

The TownePlace development is being designed by Las Vegas-based architecture firm DesignCell, which specializes in hotel projects.

Construction of the proposed hotel is expected to occur over a period of 14 to 16 months, beginning in December 2018 and finishing by April 2020.  That schedule is contingent on several discretionary actions by the City of Monrovia, including a general plan amendment and a zone change.

The project is scheduled to go before the Monrovia City Council in August of this year.

A half-mile south as Monrovia Station, the Connecticut-based real estate firm Richman Group is contemplating plans for a 296-unit apartment complex.